Learn the story of the farm that ended up surrounded by roads
Cases where people refuse to sell their road-building properties or major developments are not uncommon. The reasons for this are not always the noblest, but that right exists.
If you are traveling along the M62 motorway, which borders the Lancashire and Yorkshire counties in England, you may find that the owner of the small farm Stot Hall has struggled to keep up, but the story has not gone well.
For the past 50 years, the farm has been a reference point for those traveling between the cities of Liverpool and Hull. The unusual location even makes jokes, such as that of a driver who claims to know all of the farmer's wife's underwear by looking at the pieces hanging on the clothesline every day.
The first building on the property was erected 300 years ago, and until recently the farmer's only companies were birds and sheep. The announcement of building a highway, along with several letters of expropriation from neighbors, seemed to be the end of the site.
Farm owners at the time, Ken and Beth Wild, were probably considered extremely grouchy for not accepting a possible government offer, but the reason for maintaining the property was not what everyone thought. Fortunately - or bad luck - the area was not expropriated for a specific feature of the terrain.
The buildings were built in a lower area and, as the land presented many problems with collapse, it would not be possible to build the two lanes side by side and at different levels. Therefore, the best solution was to subtly deviate the layout, keeping the region where the house was intact in the center.
So that farmers could access the entire property without crossing a highway, trenches were built that make moving easy and safe. Protective systems have also been installed to prevent animals from entering the track and to prevent cars from entering the property in the event of an accident.
Another unusual issue was that, because it is on the side of the road, the site has become an aid post for drivers with problems. Paul Thorp, a local resident, says people have already asked to buy gas from his car, borrow a wrench, or favor a phone call.
He says he doesn't mind most of the time, but in some cases gets annoyed with the movement. Humorous, he jokes saying "some days I wish I could turn off the movement, but I haven't found the button yet."